Malaysia

Last update: 30-09-2014 - older versions

A DAB+ workshop and trial was organised by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union) and WorldDMB in Kuala Lumpur in February 2014, a day of field measurements. Field test measuring equipment was set-up to demonstrate to participants the effects of reception in a mobile environment. Various types of DAB+ radio receivers were shown to the participants during the field trip to show the performance of a receiver and its ability to playback text and images.

A proposal and recommendation paper is now being prepared by RTM for submission to the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia for consideration of DAB+ as a Digital Sound Broadcasting system for Malaysia.

Last update: 28-07-2015 - older versions

In this country there is

on air.

There is currently one trial local multiplex on-air with 12 DAB+ simulcast services (7 from RTM and 5 from commercial stations).

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 12 0 12

Last update: 03-12-2014 - older versions

Malaysia has been running a DAB+ digital radio trial in Kuala Lumpur since October 2009. The technical trial is organised by Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), Telekom Malaysia and is supported by the regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The trial involves one transmitter on the Kuala Lumpur Tower plus five filler transmitters in Kelang, Bukit Lanjan, Bukit Sungei Besi, Kajang and Sepang. The trial is broadcast on Band III, Channel 11B and carries 15 DAB+ simulcast services and 1 exclusive data service (EPG).

Last update: 03-10-2013 - older versions

Key features of digital radio regulation in Malaysia include;

  • Band III has been identified for DAB
  • There is an allocation for a “Digital Multimedia Services (DMS)” in the L-Band (1452 – 1492 MHz)

The first edition of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s Spectrum Plan was released on 1 January 2002 which identified Eureka 147 (DAB) as a Digital Sound Broadcasting System (DSB) and has allocated spectrum in its Spectrum Plan.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is the regulator for the converging communications and multimedia industry. There are two main broadcast groups under MCMC, Digital Sound Broadcast (DSB) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). Both DSB and DTT have completed their standard submission for DAB and DVB respectively and the standards are now under public scrutiny. DSB proposed DAB and DMB as the DSB standard to MCMC. Due to the current development of DAB+, DSB is proposing DAB+ to the MCMC as an attachment to the previous document.

New DAB+ pathways for developing digital radio markets
WorldDAB Members News - 10.09.2018 - Arab States Broadcasting Union - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
A DAB+ workshop held in Kuala Lumpur in July saw a diverse mix of countries working together to take the next steps in establishing DAB+ digital radio. Led by Dr Les Sabel of the WorldDAB Technical Committee, and jointly organised alongside the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development (AIBD), the five-day workshop covered a wide range of topics aimed at the benefits of transitioning to DAB+ digital radio and the technical requirements for each market to successfully adopt digital radio.
From Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union - Q3 2018 Technical Review:

DAB+ worskshop in Kuala Lumpur
WorldDAB Members News - 05.08.2018 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Arab States Broadcasting Union - Malaysia - Malaysia
A DAB+ workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week saw a diverse mix of countries working together to take the next steps in establishing DAB+ digital radio.
From Asia Radio Today:

ABU concludes 2018 Digital Broadcasting Symposium
12.03.2018 - Malaysia - Malaysia - Australia - Australia
Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner addressed delegates at last week's ABU DBS about the uniqueness of radio against new competitors online, including social media. “In radio’s case, and it has happened in some countries, is they’ve forgotten what people value about radio is it’s live and local – you can talk to people, you can talk to your Prime Minister live on air if you want to, you can tweet, you can engage via social media."
From Radio magazine:

Recent DAB Developments around the world
WorldDAB Members News - 12.03.2018 - Paneda - United Kingdom - United Kingdom - Malaysia - Malaysia - Italy - Italy - Germany - Germany
Paneda's Lars Peder Lundgren shared examples of advanced DAB and hybrid features at last week's ABU DBS at Kuala Lumpur. Italian broadcaster Rai will host a digital radio seminar on April 13. The Thuringen State Media Authority of Germany has welcomed a planned "Call for Interest" for the use of a state-wide private DAB+ multiplex, while 10 small-scale DAB trial multiplexes will continue in operation until 31 March 2020 in the UK.
From Radio magazine:

Record attendance at DAB+ workshop #DBS2018
11.03.2018 - Malaysia - Malaysia
At ABU DBS 2018, the WorldDAB workshop broke attendance records, with 150 delegates from across the region joining speakers to hear the latest digital radio news and updates.
From Asia Radio Today:

Content is king - highlights from ABU DBS 2018
WorldDAB Members News - 09.03.2018 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Commercial Radio Australia - Malaysia - Malaysia
Joan Warner, CEO at Commercial Radio Australia and vocal advocate of radio reminded delegates about the uniqueness of radio when stacked up against new competitors online, including social media.
From Asia Radio Today:

Enhancing the audio experience: #DBS2018
WorldDAB Members News - 08.03.2018 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
WorldDAB Technical Committee’s Les Sabel shared a vision for the future of broadcasting and audience engagement. “Combining streaming and broadcast… will give us the most cost-effective delivery of our primary content. But we want to use the IP to complement that to deliver alternative content, features and interactivity. It’s the best of both worlds. Minimum cost, maximum impact."
From Asia Radio Today:

Enhancing the audio experience: #DBS2018
08.03.2018 - Malaysia - Malaysia
WorldDAB Technical Committee’s Les Sabel shared a vision for the future of broadcasting and audience engagement. “Combining streaming and broadcast… will give us the most cost-effective delivery of our primary content. But we want to use the IP to complement that to deliver alternative content, features and interactivity. It’s the best of both worlds. Minimum cost, maximum impact."
From Radioinfo:

ABU DBS Hosts Master Classes, Workshops, More
WorldDAB Members News - 07.03.2018 - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
The WorldDAB session provided information on different aspects of digital radio, including international DAB developments, hybrid infrastructure and implementing hybrid workflows, ASEAN regulation and policy.
From Radio World:

Enhancing Multiplatform Content: #DBS2018 officially begins
WorldDAB Members News - 07.03.2018 - Commercial Radio Australia - Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) - Malaysia - Malaysia
Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner delivered a keynote address Leveraging your uniqueness in the face of digital disruption. “Gaining access to digital broadcast spectrum is key for all broadcasters,” said Warner. “Digital radio broadcasting multiplies radio’s unique ability to create content 24/7 and offer that content across multiple digital platforms and over digital frequencies which can [now] seamlessly integrate into smart connected devices.
From Asia Radio Today:

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 29.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 10%
Services: 12 DAB+
Last update: 05.06.2015

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